Early spring blooming perennials

Growing perennials might be considered a shortcut to flower gardening—plant the flowers once and watch the flowers return, year after year. To appreciate the spectacular color that flowering perennials bring to landscape design, plant a variety of perennials based on their bloom time. These perennial flowers produce blooms in early spring.

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) is also called creeping phlox for its ability to reach out as much as 3 feet as grow about 6 inches tall. Pictured is the ‘Emerald blue’ variety. Other varieties offer bloom colors of white, pink or bi-colors. Moss phlox grows in full sun in USDA zones 3 to 9.

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) grows 6 to 12 inches tall and about 2 feet in diameter. A self-seeder, candytuft grows in full sun in USDA planting zones 3 through 9.

Pig squeak (Bergenia cordifolia) is a bushy-based perennial that grows 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and produces pink and white blooms on stems reaching about 16 inches tall. Pig squeak, also called heart-leaved Bergenia, grows in part shade to full shade in USDA zones 3 through 8. Image courtesy of Salvor, Wikimedia Commons.

Heartleaf brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla) has the unique distinction of growing in full shade or full sun though is it is most often grown as ground cover in woodland settings. This perennial draws its name from heart-shaped leaves. Heartleaf produces small blue flowers on a bushy-base that grows 12 to 18 inches tall in USDA zones 3 through 8. Image courtesy of IKAl, Wikimedia Commons.